Naima Imam Chowdhury

Women’s Leadership and Gender Specialist

Naima Chowdhury is an expert in the area of Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership, having many years of solid experience in Asia, Africa and North America. Naima is the Lead for the Global Change Leaders program and also facilitates Gender Justice and Women’s Leadership in other Coady programs.

Prior to joining Coady in 2016, Naima has worked as Gender Equality Advisor for Global Affairs Canada, GAC (former CIDA), as well as reputed international organizations and donor agencies such as Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Plan Canada, ActionAid, CARE International, DANIDA and SwissContact.

Naima’s more recent work included policy and programming on gender equality and women’s leadership towards a gender responsive Health System in Central Asia, particularly in conflict-affected countries as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic. She provided solid analysis, training and strategic directions to the governments and platforms of health professionals, NGOs and communities to uphold gender equality as a core of community and international development. For Aga Khan University and relevant institutions, she developed gender sensitive health curriculum for the health professionals in Central Asia. She works in most of the countries.

Naima is a seasoned practitioner in bridging gaps between policy and practice. She gained most of her experience in Bangladesh and the Global south, has worked intensively in economic and political empowerment, gender and climate change, food security, market development and poverty eradication. She greatly contributed to the strategy of GAC programs as Health, Education and Sustainable Economic Growth (SEG). Her analysis brought great changes with regard to the empowerment and leadership of women and the marginalized community, social groups, people with disabilities and HIV / AIDS, transgender and ethnic minorities.

She worked extensively on gender-sensitive disaster and emergency responses, conflict resolution and brought forward critical issues of gender based violence in South and Central Asia and a few countries in Africa (DRC). She developed tangible materials including ‘A Film” on Climate Change and its impact on women’s life, particularly and also conveyed the message towards resilience. Naima has provided extensive training and expertise on gender and HIV in South Africa and worked in the field in Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Tanzania.

Naima represents Coady in the Women’s Rights Policy Groups in Canada and significantly contributing in the areas of Women, Peace and Security, Feminist Aid and Policy discussion. She is also active in the STFX and Antigonish community to reduce gender based violence and advance women rights. Naima is broadly researching in the area of Feminist Economics, particularly participatory inclusive gender budgeting.

Naima is a strong social activist for the rights of women and marginalized. She completed a Masters in Geography and Environment from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh and has also studied Executive Management and Business Administration (EMBA). She recently completed an Executive Program in International Development at McGill University, Canada.